On March 18, the House of Representatives passed two
FAIR-opposed mass amnesty bills that would put nearly over four million illegal
aliens on a path to citizenship. The House did this in the midst of a worsening
border crisis that Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration refuses
to acknowledge. These bills now head to the Senate, where they face an
uncertain future.

The American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6)

The first bill is H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise
Act. Congress passed this bill by a vote of 228-197. All Democrats and 9 Republicans voted in favor. In the 116th
Congress, the American Dream and Promise Act was 237-187 with 7 Republican “Yea” votes. The following Republicans
voted for H.R. 6:

  • Don Bacon (NE-02)
  • David Valadao (CA-21)
  • Fred Upton (MI-06)
  • Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)
  • Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
  • Fitzpatrick (PA-01)
  • Chris Smith (NJ-04)
  • Carlos Gimenez (FL-26)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

This legislation grants
a pathway to citizenship to around 3 million illegal aliens
who are already
in the country—which is well beyond the 700,000 or so active Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The bill also provides a pathway to citizenship
to hundreds of thousands of migrants under temporary relief and humanitarian
programs, including Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced
Departure (DED). It also does not contain any immigration enforcement
provisions to address the current crisis on the southern border.

Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 1603)

The second bill is H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce
Modernization Act. Congress passed this amnesty by a vote of 247-174. Only one Democrat voted against this bill,
Rep. Jared Golden of Maine. Disappointingly,
30 Republicans voted in favor of this legislation
– a four vote decrease
compared to the 116th Congress:

  • Mark Amodei (NV-02)
  • Jim Baird (IN-04)
  • Cliff Bentz (OR-02)
  • Mike Bost (IL-12)
  • Rodney Davis (IL-13)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)
  • Andrew Garbarino (NY-02)
  • Carlos Gimenez (FL-26)
  • Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16)
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
  • Chris Jacobs (NY-27)
  • Dave Joyce (OH-14)
  • John Katko (NY-24)
  • Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
  • Peter Meijer (MI-03)
  • Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
  • Devin Nunes (CA-22)
  • Tom Reed (NY-23)
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
  • Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)
  • Mike Simpson (ID-02)
  • Chris Smith (NJ-04)
  • Lloyd Smucker (PA-11)
  • Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
  • Claudia Tenney (NY-22)
  • G.T. Thompson (PA-15)
  • Fred Upton (MI-06)
  • David Valadao (CA-21)
  • Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would amnesty approximately 1.5 million illegal
alien farmworkers
, expand the H-2A guestworker program as unemployment
remains high, add 40,000 green cards to the EB-3 category, and mandate E-Verify
across the agriculture sector. Despite the catchy title, the bill does nothing
to actually modernize America’s agricultural workforce. That would require
automating many of these jobs using advanced technology and programs designed
to give farmers access to those innovations. Further, the framework for
improving legal farm labor already exists – fix problems within the current
H-2A program. This, and encouraging the adoption of labor- and cost-saving
automated harvesting technologies, represents true modernization. Another
senseless amnesty at the worst possible time does not.

It’s worth noting that both bills are terrible policy even
under the best of circumstances. Passing them in the midst of a full-blown
border crisis driven by the Biden administration is an affront to the integrity
of our system, as well as to the safety and security of the American people.

Over the coming weeks, FAIR will urge Senate Republicans to
hold firm and oppose both these amnesty bills if they are brought to the floor
in the upper chamber. As Dan Stein reminded them, “The border crisis is raging,
and the American people are watching – address the crisis, do not exacerbate
it.”

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